Regional experience-sharing workshop

MedPAN held its regional experience-sharing workshop on the “Mediterranean challenges for Marine Protected Areas and Small Scale Fisheries” on 13-15 November 2018 in the Balearic islands in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, in association with several partners and pilot sites within the framework of the large Mediterranean programme of the MAVA foundation and Interreg Med FishMPABlue2 project.

The overall purpose of the workshop was to allow MPA managers, fishers and related stakeholders to pool and share information, expertise and experiences and take stock on the current challenges for MPAs and Small Scale Fisheries in the Mediterranean. The workshop provided an opportunity for MPA managers, project leaders, and stakeholders to meet, discover initiatives, be inspired and build long-term approaches to implement solutions together.

This year’s workshop included the FishMPABlue2 project conference in which MedPAN and several MPAs of the network were involved. The Steering Committee of the FishMPABlue2 project gathered for its biannual meeting to plan for the remaining one year of the project.

These meetings also coincided with the Second marine Natura 2000 seminar, happening simultaneously in the same venue in Palma de Mallorca. A joint opening session was held to foster synergies.